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Mother hens and chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by c.wilson, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. c.wilson

    c.wilson Songster

    Jul 4, 2008
    HI ALL.

    I am wondering when a mother hen stops taking care of her chicks. What age are the chicks when she "weans" them off of her.
  2. hwerner

    hwerner In the Brooder

    Jun 28, 2008
    Independence, KS
    I've found with all of our momma hens that we have an average of 1 1/2 -2 months. Although we also have one momma hen that strays from chicks in just a few weeks, and one that latches to thier sides for ever. This particular one has been rearing her chicks for 4 months now. I think it just all depends on the hen and her nature.
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I've seen people post here that their hens won't let go even when they're sitting on 6 nearly full grown chickens. Others have panicked when the hen decides she's done at 2 weeks.

    Some just take a little longer than others!
  4. c.wilson

    c.wilson Songster

    Jul 4, 2008
    ok thanks .


    i greatly appreciate it

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